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Tuesday 15 January 2013

FA Cup: Shane Long hopeful of haunting QPR again

Six Barclays Premier League clubs in FA Cup action with West Brom at home against QPR

West Brom's Shane Long (second from right) hopes to recover from a dead leg to face QPR

Six Barclays Premier League clubs are in FA Cup action on Tuesday evening as the first raft of third-round replays take place.

The only all top-flight affair features West Bromwich Albion against Queens Park Rangers, after the two clubs shared a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road 10 days ago when Kieron Dyer scored with virtually the last kick of the match to cancel out Shane Long’s 79th-minute effort.

Long is hopeful of recovering from a dead leg to face QPR, with Claudio Yacob also expected to recover from a hamstring injury, but Marc-Antoine Fortune (also hamstring) misses out.

The visitors, who have had two bids for West Brom's Peter Odemwingie and defender Jonas Olsson rejected, are without Junior Hoilett (hamstring) and Samba Diakite, who is on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Sunderland resurgent

Elsewhere, Sunderland will hope their form at the Stadium of Light that continued with a 3-0 victory over West Ham United on Saturday, will see them past Bolton Wanderers, against whom they recovered from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 at the Reebok Stadium.

Sunderland defenders Danny Rose and Carlos Cuellar will both miss out with hamstring injuries, while new signing Alfred N'Diaye is ineligible because he was not registered in time for the first match between the sides.

Stoke City, who suffered their heaviest Barclays Premier League home defeat at the hands of Chelsea at the weekend, take on Crystal Palace at the Britannia Stadium. Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is expected to be handed the goalkeepers’ gloves for the match, while Michael Owen also hopes to build up more match fitness after starting in the goalless draw at Selhurst Park.

Fulham and Wigan Athletic face tricky away replays against Blackpool and Bournemouth respectively. The Cottagers, who earned a replay courtesy of Giorgos Karagounis’s 80th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw in west London, are likely to rest a number of first-team regulars including leading scorer Dimitar Berbatov, while the recovering Mahamadou Diarra (knee), Kerim Frei (pelvis) and Steve Sidwell (hamstring) are unlikely to be risked.

Roberto Martinez’s team, who also came from behind to draw 1-1 thanks to Jordi Gomez’s effort, will be without Ivan Ramis, who is out for the rest of the season after injuring his knee in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Fulham. On-loan Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez is in line to start, with defender Antolin Alcaraz (groin) also hoping to feature after a long-term injury.

Selected FA Cup third-round replays

Tuesday 15 January

All kick-offs 7.45pm unless stated otherwise

Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic
Stoke City
v Crystal Palace
Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers
Blackpool v Fulham (8pm)
West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers (8pm)

Wednesday 15 January

Arsenal v Swansea City (7.30pm)
Manchester United v West Ham United (8.05pm)

FA Cup fourth-round draw

(ties to be played on the weekend of 26/27 January)

Norwich City v Luton Town
Oldham Athletic v Liverpool
Macclesfield Town v Wigan Athletic/Bournemouth
Derby County v Blackburn Rovers
Hull City/Leyton Orient v Barnsley
Middlesbrough v Aldershot Town
Millwall v Aston Villa
Leeds United/Birmingham City v Tottenham Hotspur
Brighton & Hove Albion v Swansea City/Arsenal
Crystal Palace/Stoke City v Manchester City
West Ham United/Manchester United v Fulham/Blackpool
Southend United/Brentford v Chelsea
Reading v Sheffield United
Huddersfield Town v Leicester City
Queens Park Rangers/West Bromwich Albion v Sheffield Wednesday/MK Dons
Bolton Wanderers/Sunderland v Everton

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Key Points

  • Six Barclays Premier League clubs in FA Cup action on Tuesday night
  • West Brom v QPR is only all-top-flight third-round replay
  • Fulham, Stoke City, Sunderland and Wigan also in action